BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) - The WIC program is at risk if the federal government shutdown continues, which could leave many low-income mothers and children without means to purchase food or other daily essentials.
Right now, the program is fully funded in Erie County. But no one knows for sure if or when these funds would dry up as it depends on the duration of the shutdown.
At the Food Bank of WNY Distribution Center, crews are preparing for the worst, but hoping for the best. Mike Billoni, Community Relations Director, believes if the shutdown continues, more people will be flocking to food banks for supplies.
"There's always a concern that any government program could be cut. So that's a concern that these people live with everyday. And now that it's a reality, we'll just have to see what happens," Billoni said. "We're in constant communication with our member agencies so if there are problems or there are greater needs we'll be aware of that and adjust accordingly."
Locally, the WIC program is run by Catholic Charities, but the state is involved with the administration of the program. Officials are awaiting more information from state representatives.
The Wyoming County Sheriff’s Office says a tractor trailer crashed on Route 39, in the Town of Eagle.
One letter was about the violent altercation between Jim Ying and another employee, and in the other letter Ying described why the restaurant is closing.
A Good Samaritan died Wednesday while trying to assist the driver of a tractor trailer who got stuck in the snow.
Lake Effect Snow Warnings today with the chance for an additional foot for some areas.
Judge Thomas Franczyk sentenced 34-year-old Alexander Wright to spend weekends in jail for the next three months after Wright pleaded guilty to criminal possession of a weapon.
Police in Lockport say they have taken action after a threat was posted on a social media site from a student threatening to bring a gun to North Park School.